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Now Inviting Consignments | Fine Musical Instruments

Skinner has been hosting dedicated, live auctions of Fine Musical Instruments in Boston continuously for over thirty years, and remains the only full-service auction house in America to do so. Skinner’s Fall Fine Musical Instruments Auction will showcase a selection of classical string instruments and their bows, vintage fretted instruments, and a wide array of lutherie materials, tools, and books.

From Amati, Stradivari and Guarneri, to Pressenda, Fagnola and Scarampella, Italian violins spanning four centuries represent the pinnacle of the art form.… Read More

Oustanding Double Basses and Bows at Auction April 13, 2014

In a somewhat rare event, Skinner is pleased to offer two outstanding double basses in the upcoming April 13, 2014 Fine Musical Instruments auction. One bass is ascribed to Auguste Sebastien Philippe Bernardel and the other is made by Gragnani. They are accompanied by two wonderful double bass bows.

Auguste Sebastien Philippe Bernardel was born in 1798 in Mirecourt and died in 1870 in Bougival. A gifted maker, he was one of three giants among the French makers of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries alongside Lupot and Vuillaume.… Read More

Violin Makers in Naples: The Gagliano Legacy 1780-1820

In the 1780s, the Gagliano family workshop was headed by Ferdinando Gagliano, the son of Nicola. Ferdinando’s younger brothers Joseph and Antonio frequently collaborated with each other on instruments and produced what was likely the largest output of instruments bearing the family’s name.